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Down with silica (exposure limits): Occupational exposure guidelines reduced for first time in over 40 years

By April Gocha / March 25, 2016

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday issued a ruling that lowers worksite exposure limits of respirable silica by half or more of current limits.

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ASTM Committee C28 Advanced Ceramics celebrates three decades of excellence in standards

By April Gocha / January 5, 2016

2016 marks the thirtieth year of the founding of ASTM Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics. Committee C28 kicks off its anniversary year with a joint meeting with ACerS on Jan. 24, 2016, as part of the 40th Jubilee celebration of ICACC’16 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Plan to cut airplane emissions could mean big things for ceramic matrix composites

By April Gocha / June 18, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to develop standards to reduce emissions from airplanes, according to a recent NY Times article. But what will that mean for ceramic matrix composites?

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Spending at nation’s federal R&D centers down—again

By Jessica McMathis / May 7, 2015

The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.

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Budget 2016 breakdown: Who gets what, and how much

By Jessica McMathis / February 14, 2015

When it comes to budget time, every one is a winner—that is, until they’re not. For now, that means big wins for science and technology in President Barack Obama’s proposed $2.63-trillion Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

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Agree to disagree: Americans’ and US scientists’ views on science not-at-all yet somewhat the same

By Jessica McMathis / February 10, 2015

Americans think that our country’s achievements and advancements in science are tops—but when it comes to their views on top issues like climate change and nuclear power, their perceptions differ from the views of scientists, says a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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Blinded me with science: A look back at 2014

By Jessica McMathis / December 29, 2014

Because it’s that time of year, and because it’s worth remembering—associate editor Jessica shares her top five posts, people, and moments from 2014.

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Aggressive climate pollution plan part of China’s ‘energy revolution’

By Jessica McMathis / December 17, 2014

China is making strides toward cutting carbon emissions, but will it be enough? New research shows that the country’s mitigation strategies may not be enough to overcome increasing demand.

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Building stronger, taller towers of clean energy with high-strength concrete technology

By Jessica McMathis / December 11, 2014

The Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State University researchers with a $1-million grant for their high-strength concrete technology that has the potential to revolutionize the production of wind energy.

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DOE announces $9-million funding opportunity for solar R&D

By Jessica McMathis / December 7, 2014

The Department of Energy is handing out $9 million for R&D related to the advancement of photovoltaic technologies that slash the price tag of solar energy systems.

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